Drone attack targets US troops at US base in Syria, initial assessment suggests no US injuries

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The initial assessment is that there were no casualties as a result of the attack, but battle damage assessments are ongoing.

The US maintains about 900 troops in Syria, largely divided between At-Tumf Base and the country’s eastern oil fields.
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The base sits within a 20-square-mile demilitarized zone near the Syrian border with Jordan, which was set up by a Russia- and US-led coalition to prevent the two sides from coming into accidental contact. The region has seen heavy fighting in recent years between US forces and ISIS, which has gained a foothold in the region.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. However, Iranian-backed Shia militias in the region have frequently targeted US troops in Syria and Iraq.

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In late June, during a period of rising tensions between the US and Iran, rockets landed at a US base in eastern Syria, with US officials quickly blaming Iranian-backed Shia militias. The rocket attack came a day after the US military attacked facilities used by militias. An increase in the number of rocket attacks on US troops and bases in Iraq led the US to conduct air strikes against two operational and weapons storage facilities in Syria and Iraq.

The first known action by the US military under President Joe Biden occurred in February when it hit a site Used in response by two Iranian-backed militia groups in Syria rocket attack on American forces in the area. Those attacks sparked concern among lawmakers, who said Biden had not asked for the necessary congressional authorization. The White House said the strikes were backed by Article II of the Constitution and the United Nations Charter.

In late September, the US launched an airstrike targeting a senior al Qaeda leader in the northwestern city of Idlib in Syria.

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